Television: Rather Rattled

"Hello, Nancy," said Lyndon B. Johnson last summer, stepping out of his plane at Atlantic City, "I've been watching you all day, and you're doing a swell job." L.B.J. was talking to Nancy Dickerson, an NBC Washington correspondent who has been a Johnson family friend since she covered his earliest attempts at the presidential nomination five years ago. Later, from Austin on the night of Johnson's election, the President's affectionate "Hello, Nancy" was heard so often that some viewers wondered why he didn't sing it.

All this understandably rattled CBS White House Correspondent Dan Rather, to whom the "Hello, Nancy"...

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